Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Dean Dan Moshavi

Welcome to the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business' new e-newsletter. As you can see, we have revamped our approach to sharing news with our alumni and hope you find this new format accessible and informative.

I started in the dean's role at the end of February and have spent the past few weeks speaking with and listening to members of our advisory boards, our alumni, faculty and administrative stakeholders across the SJSU campus and, of course, with our own faculty, staff and students. As you will note in the sections below, we have an engaged and committed faculty who are working to create meaningful experiences inside and outside of the classroom. In addition, our students continue to impress -- participating in regional and national competitions, managing investment funds, and actively engaging with Silicon Valley companies.

We'll be developing a new strategic plan for the college over the next few months and look forward to informing and involving you as we move forward. Stay tuned as we continue to innovate.

Dan Moshavi, Dean

Alumni Engagment

 LCoB Day at the BallparkAlumni VIP Day at the Spartan Baseball! Saturday, May 6, 4pm, Martinelli VIP Deck of the SJ Municipal Stadium, SJSU vs San Diego State. Limited to 75 attendees register now at bit.ly/martinellisdeck  and use promo code 17MARTINELLIS 
($20 ticket includes 2 hot dogs, 2 beers or sodas, and a bag of peanuts!)







Be a Judge!Be a judge or audience member for SJSU’s Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition 
(our CFO alumni network member Bill Barton donates the annual $10,000 grand prize!)

Contact Prof. Anu Basu at anu.basu@sjsu.edu to get involved.




Media Apperances

NBC Bay Area Interview










Dr. Meg Virick, director of the School of Management, was interviewed on FOX (KTVU) - Bay Area on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017. She was also interviewed on NBC-Bay Area on Feb 20, 2017 on sexual harassment claim against Uber

Robert Wood Trump Interview











Dr. Robert Wood, professor in the School of Management, was interviewed on ABC7. The story on the Trump transition was the lead on their 11:00 news. (Dec 2, 2016)  

Dr. Gehrt CNN Interview










CNN interviewed Dr. Kenneth Gehrt, Marketing and Decisions Sciences professor, for their article
$27,000 melons? Unwrapping the high price of Japan's luxury fruit habit.

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2017 CBFS Scholarships

The Center for Banking and Financial Services (CBFS) awarded $22,000 in scholarships in April. Since its inception in 2009, The Center has awarded a total of $123,500 in student scholarships.





 SHRM LogoThe School of Management signed an educational partnership with SHRM - a national professional organization for Human Resources professionals - and launched a new Human Resource Management program designed for HR practitioners. This nine-week program, which uses the SHRM Learning System, is open to the general public and helps HR professionals prepare for the Certified Professional (CP) or Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification examination in HR. The program will be offered in Spring and Fall every year. The first cohort of 17 HR practitioners started their training in March. 

/TiE-gradTiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Silicon Valley and the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business are partnering this summer to host a start-up bootcamp from July 10 through August 4. TiE is one of the most powerful global entrepreneurship networks in the world and focuses on education, mentoring, and networking. 


 The MTI LogoMineta Transportation Institute (MTI) received Community Partnership Recognition Award commendation from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Read all about it here.





/Start-Up Nation Technology Fair.The Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship (SVCE) co-hosted Start-Up Nation Technology Fair which highlighted local Israeli companies that showcased their technology and provided internship opportunities. 






The Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a Concentration in HRM Degree was recognized as being fully aligned with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidelines. These guidelines are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards. The certificate timeframe is:  2/2017 – 12/2020. Thanks to HR Dr. Stan Malos for making this happen.

 Design ThinkingThe Social Innovation Leadership Forum, run by the LCOB's Global Leadership Advancement Center, hosted “Design Thinking for Social Innovation: the case of Affordable Tuition” featuring Leslie Speer, Industrial Design Professor, SJSU. Participants from various sectors, including social entrepreneurs, NGO, government, education administration and private corporations attended the event.

The primary objective of the workshop was to learn Design Thinking principles to apply in their own organizations. Thanks to Leslie Speer’s wealth of expertise, the workshop achieved SILF goals of connecting, learning and collaborating. We sincerely thank our workshop participants, donors, volunteers and the Social Innovation Leadership Forum (SILF) partners for making this a very successful and an engaging workshop

Student Highlights

Thompson Global Internship ProgramThe Thompson Global Internship Program is sending a total of eight students abroad this summer to work on projects for alumnus Jim Thompson's Crown World Wide Group.  Two students are going to Prague, two to London, and four to Hong Kong, gaining international work and cultural experience.


GOALThe LCOB's Generation of Aspirational Leaders (G.o.A.L.) program was launched to build a diverse and inclusive LCOB community that inspires students to reach their full potential. The highlight of this semester's program was a three-day retreat at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA attended by more than 50 students.


In March 2017, two Student teams participated in the SHRM Case Competition in Houston, TX.  The Division II Team consisting of a group of undergraduate and graduate students won 2nd place in the competition!! They were coached by Dr. Monica Gavino. Congratulations!

 GLABThe GLLab (Global Leadership Laboratory) held a four-day session in early March, 2017 attended by 24 students from SJSU’s early career MBA program, and 7 International Human Resource Management masters students from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. This exchange program was developed in 2008 by Dr. Juergen Deller, a former Lucas Scholar in Residence at SJSU and current GLAC research fellow, and Dr. Joyce Osland, Executive Director of the Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC).

Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) student Kyle Holland has been selected as one of only twenty 2017 Eno Fellows. This national competition brings together students to participate in the Eno Center's Transportation Leadership Development conference in Washington DC, June 4-8. This conference features meetings with top transportation policy makers, legislators, and other experts. 

 Since inception in September 2014, the SJSU Spartan Fund has outperformed the S&P 500.  The fund is managed by students and supervised by Stoyu Ivanov.




OUr Faculty

The Lucas College of Business award-winning and internationally known faculty bring excellence to their research and the classroom. We are proud to acknowledge their achievements, dedication and unparalleled commitment to students.

Please visit our Faculty Page to view a complete listing of all of our recent faculty achievements, presentations and publications.


Women in Leadership League Conference (Sold Out)
Saturday April 22, 2017
10:00am - 5:00pm
San José State University
Student Union Ballroom (SU)

The Richard and Sandi Conniff Leaders in Business Ethics Speaker Series
Values-driven Leadership in Entrepreneurial Success
Monday, April 24
6:00pm - 8:00pm
San José State University
Student Union Ballroom (SU)

Economic Summit 2017
Thursday June 1st, 2017
7:30am- 10:00am
San José State University
Student Union Ballroom (SU)

5th Annual IRS-SJSU Small Business Tax Institute
June 22, 2017
8:00AM - 4:30PM
Biltmore Hotel, Santa Clara